Are you feeling stunted in your current position at work? Perhaps you are simply struggling to find and maintain that delicate, yet all-important balance between work and home life. If so, you are not alone. People from all over the UK are trying to find ways in which to enhance the flexibility of their careers, moulding them to suit their lifestyles, rather than adapting their lifestyles to suit their work. Sound like something you would be interested in? Here are your options.
Reconsider your field
Studies have shown that certain industries are just more flexible in nature than others. Experienced recruiters claim that the fields which boast the most flexible jobs include:
- Software development
- Project management
- Customer service
Many people working within these fields are granted more flexibility in terms of when they work and where they work. These types of jobs often allow employees to work remotely or to freelance from project to project.
Become a temporary worker
A temporary worker, also known as an agency worker in the UK, is someone who has a contract with an agency and who performs projects on behalf of that agency temporarily for various different employers. Temporary workers are not self-employed and are not considered to be freelancers. They are assigned to new employers periodically by the agency with which they are contracted, and upon being assigned to a job, their work is controlled by the employer.
Temporary workers often enjoy a greater level of flexibility compared to regular permanent staff because they will enter into new work environments on a regular basis, will have the chance to get involved with many different projects and brands, and are often left alone to complete their work and projects in any way that they prefer.
Become a freelancer
Many may fear entering the freelance lifestyle as it is one that does not come with any guarantees. You will no longer have a stable, predictable income, but you certainly will be the master of your own time. Flexibility goes hand in hand with freelancing, but you will definitely be required to work hard regardless if you are to ensure that you are able to make ends meet.
Put your feelers out
Get in touch with a recruiter and find out if there are any companies looking for a professional like you, and offering more appealing working conditions, such as the ability to work from home or to work compressed work weeks during the summer.
Speak to your employer
Sometimes, embracing a more flexible career doesn’t have to mean quitting your job or looking elsewhere for greener pastures. It could simply mean pitching a few ideas to your employer regarding flexible working hours, or perhaps regarding working from home occasionally. Employers are much more open to these ideas nowadays than they were five to 10 years ago, after all.
Remember, it is never a good idea to stay in a job that makes you unhappy. Keep looking for your dream job and working situation until you find it.